Giza Plateau development project to be completed soon and a new phase of ScanPyramids project begins

Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 2 Jun 2016

Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Nany inspected on Thursday the Giza Plateau development project and the new phase of #ScanPyramids

Egyptian Antiquities Minister, Khaled El-Anani
Egyptian Antiquities Minister, Khaled El-Anani, left, and Zahi Hawass, Egypt's former head of antiquities, second left, listen to French expert Sebastien Procureur in front of a muon detector machine at a tent in front of the Great pyramid, built by Cheops, known locally as Khufu in Giza, Egypt, Thursday, June 2, 2016 (AP)

Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany toured Giza Plateau on Thursday to inspect the latest work being carried out on the development project there and to solve any problems that could hinder its completion.

The Giza Plateau development project aims in part to improve security measures in order to make the site more tourist friendly.

Ashraf Mohi, Director-General of Giza Plateau, told Ahram Online that the project started in 2009 but stopped after the 2011 uprising.

Late last year, the project resumed and it is now near completion, Mohi explained.

Mohi added that several works have been achieved as part of the project, including the completion of the administration building has been constructed, the construction of a visitors' centre, and the installment of a state-of-the-art security system with monitoring cameras and TV circuits.

A new lighting system to illuminate the Giza Pyramids and the plateau at night will also be installed soon

At the end of his tour, El-Enany stopped at the #ScanPyramids Project along with former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass who is leading the project's scientific committee.

Hamada Anwar, who heads the project, told Ahram Online that four telescopes were installed in front of the northern and eastern side of King Khufu's pyramid to collect the cosmic rays (Meoun) found in the air in order to explore the inner architecture of the pyramid and determine if it houses any hidden corridors or cavities.

Next month, a detailed report based on the #ScanPyramids project will be submitted to the antiquities minister.

Hawass told Ahram Online that " All previous results of this project is completely wrong and we hope that this new technique would be accurate." The committee appointed by the minister of antiquities which I led, Hawass went on, would review all the readings and results submitted in order to tell the world the accurate results. "Personally I don't believe in the results of these new techniques used but I hope to be wrong and they show me something accurate because all scientific research that have been done along the last 21years are results in the air," Hawass told Ahram Online.
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